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american marines died in the fight to repel the attackers. bob orr has our report. >> reporter: the seven-minute video released by the taliban purports to show the final stages of planning for the brazen attack. insurgents wearing what appear to be u.s. military uniforms are shown cutting through a chain link fence, a tactic used in the assault. another scene shows enemy fighters in an operational planning session. one of the commanders uses a whiteboard and crude sketches to describe the location of aircraft and fortification on the british run air base. in great detail, the leader describes how the attackers will split into three teams, each with specific target assignments. and the tape contains messages, last wills of some of the fighters who clearly didn't expect to survive the assault. this man, speaking in english, accuses the united states of attacking islam. >> you came to afghanistan to commit cruelty on muslims. in the name of terrorism. it is not terrorism. we are not terrorists. >> reporter: the september 14th nighttime raid was the most destructive enemy attack in the decade
. i need the help of the united states government. >> i immediately knew it was bob, so i watched very carefully trying to figure out what the message was and i still don't know. >> reporter: this is bob levinson in better times. he's the father of seven and now has two grandchildren. in march of 2007, working as a private investigator, levinson travelled to dubai on a case involving counterfeit cigarettes. he took a side trip to kish island, an iranian free trade zone that requires no entry visa. he met with a contact there and was arrested by iranian authorities. >> when this first happened, i expected him to be home in a couple of days. unfortunately, that hasn't happened. and we still have no information on where he is or how to get him home. >> reporter: but you believe he's in iran. >> i believe he's live and in iran or one of the countries nearby. >> reporter: in 2007, levinson's wife christine along with her son daniel traveled to teheran to meet with iranian officials, but the iranians said they had no information about levinson. did you get the impression that they were stymi
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